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About me

It is important to realise that life is often tough. World events over the last few years and lots of uncertainty have caused many peoples mental capacity to be at breaking point. All of this coupled with the stresses and strains of our personal lives, there's no wonder so many are struggling right now.

More often than not, what we are feeling is a normal process to dealing with our experiences or environment. It can also be a helpful sign that we are in a transition where we would benefit from a period of reflection and evaluation.

When challenges pile up they can be hard to deal with. Together we can explore what aspects of your life you can have an impact on through making subtle changes such as challenging low motivation and self-care.  

Are you guilty of catastrophising, mind reading, or judging yourself harshly? These are all very common in people who present for counselling and fortunately they are often easy to fix. Sometimes we're not even aware we're doing them. Together we can challenge some of the unhelpful thinking that can add to our anxiety and low mood.

More often than not we know what things we are doing or not doing and need to change but sometimes we lose our way and just need a helping hand to get back on the right path. Talking to someone who is not connected to your life can help with this as you can be fully open without fear of judgement. 

There are some helpful links on my website which can help with many of life’s challenges so be sure to check them out before paying for counselling.  Also be sure to contact more than one counsellor as finding the right person for you and feeling comfortable is important to achieving your counselling goals.

I am a registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and offer a free telephone or video call consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

SEG awards ABC Level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling

ABC Level 3 certificate in counselling skills

ABC Level 2 certificate in counselling concepts

TEAM-CBT methods for unwanted habits and addictions training

TEAM-CBT methods for anxiety disorders

Rewind Technique for Trauma practitioner training (IARTT)

Level 2 certificate in family group conferencing

Preparing to work with loss and bereavement training

Working with survivors of sexual abuse training

Safeguarding children and adults training

Professional certificate in effective practice (youth justice)

Level 3 certificate in youth and community work

Equality and diversity training

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Free initial telephone or video call consultation

£40 for a 50 minute face to face session

£30 for a 50 minute telephone or video call session 

When I work

Various availability: Monday to Friday daytime/evenings Saturday mornings

Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL5

Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, M38 9US

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Westhoughton office is wheelchair accessible

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces